Greg Michaels: Changing Towards A Healthier Lifestyle Isn’t A Walk In The Park
Had my lab work follow up appointment with the Doctor today. As you may have read about three months ago I saw the Doctor and she sent me for lab work. I did it and a few things came back out of whack. My thyroid came back at 18+ which is Hypothyroidism, cholesterol was elevated a bit and my glucose reading was normal but on the high end.
The thyroid med prescribed at the time was 50 mcg of Levothyroxine. The advice was to consume less sugar, eat whole grains, exercise and exercise a little portion control when eating. Fast forward to the present. Last week I was sent for more labs to compare and contrast from 90 days ago. I’ll start with the good news, my glucose readings are down and all I did was switch to sugar free drinks. I hardly drink sugar laced sodas anymore, I have one in awhile mostly when eating out, now mostly coffee like before, diet soda and about doubled my water intake.
I have lost three pounds since April but I’m not patting myself on the back for that as it’s now summer and we lose weight in the summer anyway. Or at least that’s what I’ve been told. The thyroid reading is of course down because of the meds, but only to a 9+. It should be between 4 and 5 on the scale. So my dosage of Levothyroxine has been amped up to 75 mcg.
My cholesterol is about the same, slightly elevated. I expected that because my food consumption is still about the same. We did switch to whole grains as a family for the most part but apparently that’s not enough. Oh well, you can’t fool aging I guess. So I do need to exercise which isn’t a big deal for most but for me I’m irritated because up until maybe 30 years old I could eat whatever garbage I wanted to and never gain any weight. I was 145 in high school, now I’m 194 but after 30 was when I started getting the gut.
My blood pressure is impeccable and has been for the last year or so with no extra effort. All-in-all, I’m fine but like most of America a little beefy. I just don’t get how people can feel satisfied on a 2000 calorie diet. Not that I was told to keep my daily intake at 2000 calories but that’s what they use as a bench mark for good health.
So, another 90 days and I revisit this. I will start exercising because my Doctor isn’t seeing me for her own health.